Jia ting jian shi

Brief History of a Family
After an incident at their high school, the outgoing Wei, only son of a well-off Chinese family, and Shuo, his quiet but perceptive classmate, become closer. A mysterious energy seems to connect the two, drawing them into each other’s lives. Wei soon introduces his new friend to his father, a cell biologist, and his mother, a former flight attendant. Learning that Shuo comes from a troubled background, Wei’s parents encourage this boy with an enigmatic charm to spend more time in their home. As Shuo integrates himself more and more into the family, he gradually discovers that their comfortable existence is shadowed by unspoken secrets, unmet expectations and suppressed emotions. Then a tragic event causes old wounds and current fears to come to light.
by Lin Jianjie
with Zu Feng, Guo Keyu, Sun Xilun, Lin Muran
People’s Republic of China / France / Denmark / Qatar 2024 Mandarin, Subtitles: English 99' Colour European premiere | Debut film


  • Zu Feng (Wei’s Father)
  • Guo Keyu (Wei’s Mother)
  • Sun Xilun (Yan Shuo)
  • Lin Muran (Tu Wei)


DirectorLin Jianjie
ScreenplayLin Jianjie
CinematographyZhang Jiahao
EditingPer K. Kirkegaard
MusicToke Brorson Odin
Sound DesignMargot Testemale, Jacques Pedersen, Fanny Weinzaepflen
SoundLi Ran
Production DesignXu Yao
ProducersLou Ying, Zheng Yue, Wang Yiwen
Co-ProductionFilms du Milieu, Paris
Tambo Film, Kopenhagen

Produced by

First Light Films

Chengdu, People’s Republic of China

World Sales

Films Boutique

Berlin, Germany

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Lin Jianjie

After graduating with a BA in bioinformatics, Lin Janjie turned to filmmaking and studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short films A Visit (2015) and Gu (2017) screened successfully at international film festivals. Brief History of a Family is his debut feature film.


2015 A Visit; short film 2017 Gu; short film 2024 Jia ting jian shi (Brief History of a Family)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


Sat Feb 17 09:45

Cubix 6

Screening for press and industry professionals | With accreditation only

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Wed Feb 21 18:30

Zoo Palast 1

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Haus der Berliner Festspiele

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Fri Feb 23 15:45

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Fri Feb 23 21:00

Cosima Filmtheater

Berlinale Goes Kiez

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Sat Feb 24 21:30

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